Denali Highway, an eight-lane road connecting the city of Boulder to the Black Hills, is known for its beautiful views and rugged terrain.
But it’s also the gateway to the Rocky Mountains and a popular weekend destination for travelers from Denver, Salt Lake City, Boulder and nearby cities.
Here’s how to drive south from the city’s downtown to the North Rim.
Go north to Boulder County: The road is a three-lane dirt road with plenty of trees and a few steep hills.
But on the west side, there’s a paved median with plenty to explore.
Take the left lane, heading west.
Turn left at the next stop sign, then go about 20 yards, turning right on the shoulder.
Turn right at the second stop sign and go about a quarter-mile.
Drive on the north side of the road until you reach the end of the median, where you’ll see the Black Mesa lookout.
Go south to Denalis Valley: Denalis is a valley about 50 miles east of Denver, about 60 miles north of the city.
The road crosses over the Rocky Mountain National Park and the Rocky Mountaineer National Monument, and the road follows a path to the south that leads to the Denalis Reservoir.
Go west to Denales Valley: From Denalis, the road climbs to the west, past the town of Boulder, where the road curves and curves into the Denali Valley.
At the end, it’s a dirt road, with several rocky outcroppings to the east and west.
It passes through the Denalask Mountains, the Denalsk Basin, and a section of the Denalee Mountains.
Go southwest to the White Mesa: At its southern end, the highway curves west and heads south, passing through the rugged Denalsky Basin.
Continue east until you come to a junction with the Rocky Plateau Road, which is a dirt track with two lanes.
Go straight, and then turn left onto the southbound side of Denali Canyon Road.
Go northwest to Denalski Valley: At the northern end of Denalis Canyon Road, the dirt road curves west to a section with a few paved shoulders and the Denaski Valley Visitor Center.
Continue on the road past the Visitor’s Center, then turn right onto the Denala Valley Road, and it’s about a half-mile of paved road.
Go southeast to the Pigeon Forge Trailhead: Follow Denali Trail, which runs east-west along the Rocky mountains, to the north.
At a junction, turn right and go a few miles east.
Turn around and go south.
Go about a mile to the junction, and there’s the Pounce Mountain Trailhead, which starts from the north, crosses the Denalin River, and heads west.
Go northeast to the summit: From the summit of Denalas Canyon Road on the Rocky mountaineer national monument, head north about 1.5 miles to the start of the summit.
The summit is marked on the Pfeffer Map, which shows a view of the Pidgeon Forge Pass and the Pinnacle Peak.
Go to Denalashas Peak: Head north about 40 yards on the North Side of Denalsko Peak.
At its highest point, the summit is about 400 feet above sea level.
The Pigeons Peak Visitor Centre is just past the summit, where it’s easy to spot.
Head south to the trailhead: Head east from Denalis Junction on Denali Ridge.
At about two miles past the junction with Denali Road, turn left and head north to the end.
It’s about 400 yards west of the Junction.
Take a break: This is a popular way to cool off at the summit while you’re enjoying Denali’s views.
Turn south at the end to enjoy the Denaline River, which flows through Denali Basin, the Piedmont, the Rocky Mtn, and Denali.
Ride Denali in the summer: The Denali National Monument is located in the foothills of the Rocky Range in Colorado, and many people come to the city to enjoy its summer weather.
Denali is a hot, humid, and dry summer destination for outdoor enthusiasts, but it’s not the only hot spot for outdoor activity.
Denalis has been a popular destination for hikers, mountaineers, and campers for several decades, and several hiking trails and campsites are located here.